GDB XXXV: A fine evening for a Capital game

This morning as the snow fell over Edmonton and promptly melted, there was a buzz in there — one of hockey’s superstars is in town.

With Ovechkin’s Washington Capitals slated the hit the ice against the recently-hapless Edmonton Oilers tonight at 8pm, more of the focus tonight seems to be on watching Ovechkin play rather than see the Oilers win. Allow me to re-direct your focus.

After winning five straight on the road (the only five games the Oilers have won in their last ten), the Oil are struggling. And Pat Quinn is apparently struggling not to go all Michael Douglas from Falling Down on his players, whose effort over the last two games has been inconsistent at best.

Meanwhile, the Capitals have seven wins in their last ten, and according to Gregor’s weekly league update, Ovechkin has the second highest number of goals scored in the entire NHL.

So the question tonight is: are the Oilers totally screwed?

According to my hastily assembled panel of deceased Allied WWII leaders capable only of repeating their own famous quotes, the answer seems to be… well, inconsistent.

Dead Churchill: "Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm."

Dead Stalin: "History shows that there are no invincible armies."

Dead Roosevelt: "One thing is sure. We have to do something. We have to do the best we know how at the moment… If it doesn’t turn out right, we can modify it as we go along."

Dead De Gaulle: "China is a big country, inhabited by many Chinese."

There are three things we can discern from these quotes:

  1. The Oilers should ignore Churchill. The Oilers have already proven failure doesn’t get you anywhere.
  2. The Capitals are not invincible. Stalin says so.
  3. Charles De Gaulle was a knob.

I’m not saying the Oilers will win tonight. I’m not saying that. What I am saying is that if they DID win, the score would be 2-1.

I’m going to go cross my fingers and various other appendages, down several beers and offer prayer to several non-existent gods now.

So say we all.

  • Oh man. I watched the Vancouver game last night. Two teams of actual NHL'ers and nary a prospect to be seen. Geez it would be nice if the Oilers could become something like that.

    Sooo…6-5 Oilers. JDD with the hat trick, Stone, Jacques and Stortini with the others.

    Yep. Fer sure.

  • Harlie

    I am really cheering for Penner to make the Oly team now that I bought a bunch of his game worn and autographed gear from the NHL auction the other day. I got a pair of his gloves, a stick, and the best thing is his game worn jersey from the Chicago game in which he scored his 13th of the year.

  • Harlie

    more Churchill-isms'..

    Bessie Braddock: “Sir, you are drunk.”
    Churchill: “Madam, you are ugly. In the morning, I shall be sober.”

    Nancy Astor: “Sir, if you were my husband, I would give you poison.”
    Churchill: “If I were your husband I would take it.”

    Everyone has his day and some days last longer than others.

    Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all the others.

    The problems of victory are more agreeable than those of defeat, but they are no less difficult.

    We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and the oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.

  • Harlie

    i have two tickets for tonights ga,e for sale. they are in the nosebleeds section 303, row 47, seats 9 and 10. $100 for the pair, phone 780-218-4988 if you want them.